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January 2018
FREE

Charles Mingus / Jazz on the Border: From Tijuana to PDX

FREE Discussion led by Jesse Marquez

January 23 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Milagro Theatre & Café, 525 SE Stark St.
Portland, OR 97214 United States

Moderator: Jessie Marquez Panelists: Boris Kaslov, Andre St. James, Jon Lakey, Chuck Israels Singer Jessie Marquez will lead a dynamic discussion on the life and times of jazz iconoclast Charles Mingus with a focus on the influence of Mingus’s Tijuana Moods project.  An illustrious and elite group of Portland bassists and the renowned Mingus Dynasty bassist and leader Boris Kaslov will participate. The Jazz on the Border initiative is made possible through the support by the Western Jazz Presenters Network, Oregon Cultural Trust, WESTAF and the Bright Moments Fund. This event is free & open to the public.

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$35

Mingus Dynasty

January 23 | 7:30 pm
Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97214 United States

The nimble and expert 7-piece Mingus Dynasty was the first band Sue Mingus organized after Charles Mingus’s death in 1979. Although big bands like the Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey bands had continued to perform after their leader passed on, a similar legacy never existed for smaller ensembles. Because Mingus always said he was first and foremost a composer, and because he left behind over 300 compositions that deserved to be played, a band carrying on his music became a natural, if unanticipated, mission. For the sake of authenticity, the first Dynasty bands were expected to include only musicians who had actually performed with Mingus-except for the bass player of course. Today, thirty years later, the rich legacy of Mingus music ignites the bandstand while…

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February 2018
FREE

Ralph Ellison & The Blues People

Free Lecture led by Reed College Professor Pancho Savery

February 1 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street
Portland, OR United States

PDX Jazz is proud to present Discover Jazz – an adult education series with Reed College Professor and PDX Jazz Board Member Pancho Savery. Mr. Savery will host the evening’s event that includes lecture and discussion. In this presentation, Savery will discuss Ralph Ellison & The Blues People. Savery will present an analysis of Ellison’s Invisible Man and its relationship to the blues. Is the blues a form of music, a sad feeling, an existential attitude toward life, or all of the above? What does a 1952 novel have to tell us about what it means to be an American in the twenty-first century? Come to Literary Arts and find out. Savery will attempt to answer these questions and more! This event is free to the public on…

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FREE

Jazz In The Schools 2018 Gallery Viewing

February 13 | 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Portland Art Museum – Fred and Suzanne Fields Ballroom, 1219 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97205 United States

Created by PDX Jazz, “Jazz in the Schools” is supported by US Bank and OPB and presented in conjunction with the 2018 PDX Jazz Festival. This year, Jazz In The Schools was presented to over 2,000 students in 14 schools from diverse community neighborhoods.  The students learned about the origins of jazz from its roots in Africa and New Orleans, some of its most significant figures, its major contributions to American history, and ultimately its connection to visual art – particularly the designs found on jazz record album covers during the mid-20th century.  Throughout the duration of the program, the students listened to jazz music in their classroom while creating their own artistic interpretation of what jazz “looks like” on a 12” x 12” space,…

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$ 19 - $ 49

Portland Jazz Master Art Abrams & His Swing Machine Big Band

West Coasting

February 15 | 7:00 pm
Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97214 United States

For Portland Only   Portland Jazz Master Art Abrams will harness his life-long passion for the swinging sound of west coast cool with two exemplary Los Angeles based living jazz icons, Ernie Andrews and Barbara Morrison. They’ll recast arrangements by Lenny Niehaus, Terry Gibbs, Bill Holman, Lou Levy and the Capp Pierce Juggernaut Big Band. Section leaders and long-time Abrams band soloists Paul Mazzio, John Nastos, and Dave Parker who were on hand for the previous Sinatra and Kenton festival programs will be featured. “I heard Ernie sing in 1946 in Los Angeles doing h “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying” which was his first hit. Having Barbara and Ernie together recalls a vivid experience when I saw Joe Williams and Ella Fitzgerald together at…

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$8

Don McFarlane and The Originals

Community Event

February 15 | 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wilfs Restaurant, 800 NW 6th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States

”The Originals” featuring Don McFarlane, Jules Auger, Klaus Ferguson The Originals…Straight ahead piano jazz in the tradition of Red Garland, Ahmad Jamal and Oscar Peterson. Don plays piano, Jules on bass and Klaus keeps the drum beat. Reservations suggested at 503.223.0070 Full dinner or casual bar menu available beginning at 5pm. Under 21 also welcome. Minimum service of charge of $18 per person, food or beverage.

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$25

Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble w/ Special Guest Edna Vazquez

February 15 | 7:30 pm
The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201 United States

The Portland Jazz Composers’ Ensemble is a 12-piece jazz chamber orchestra which commissions and performs original works by its members and by other jazz composers in the Portland music community and beyond.
Edna Vazquez is a Portland-based Latin American singer-songwriter who performs original compositions that pay homage to her international influences with a passion that comes through in every note of her music.

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$22

An Evening with Scott Amendola

February 15 | 8:00 pm
Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Avenue
Portland, OR 97210 United States

Scott Amendola, Jeff Parker, and Paul Bryan all met nearly 30 years ago at Berklee College of Music. Musically minded in symmetry, Scott, Jeff, and Paul knows how to make 3 sound like one. The trio will embark on music composed by Amendola, some choice covers, and venture into the unknown.

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$15

Mike Dilon Band & Amadla

Community Event

February 15 | 10:00 pm
The Goodfoot, 2845 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97215 United States

How many artists have been praised a “punk rock provocateur,” “jazz vibraphone visionary,” and “percussion virtuoso” in the same sentence? There’s only one: Mike Dillon. Whether through his affiliation with artists like Les Claypool, Primus, Rickie Lee Jones, and Ani Difranco, or collaborations such as Nolatet, Garage a Trois, The Dead Kenny G’s, Critters Buggin or bands he has led, including Mike Dillon Band, Mike Dillon’s New Orleans Punk Rock Percussion Consortium, Billy Goat and Hairy Apes BMX, the Texas-native has set his own standard for 25 years now. life-is-not-a-football-600×600 Over the past decade, Mike Dillon has released a number of acclaimed albums, intertwining a range of influences from Zappa-esque eccentricity to Fishbone punk funk, D.C. Go-Go to Milt Jackson-influenced vibraphone majesty. Never before, however,…

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$35 - $65

Kurt Elling & Friends

Swing Jon Hendricks

February 16 | 7:00 pm
Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97214 United States

For Portland Only  Kurt Elling lives and breathes Jon Hendricks.  Check out Kurt Elling, Jon Hendricks, and Al Jarreau with the Metropole Orkest perform at the North Sea Jazz in 2011 below. They have recorded, scatted, and soulfully swung audiences worldwide with a hipness factor of unparalleled heights. And what better way to thank his mentor by having his two daughters on stage. Nancy King who last appeared at the festival with Kurt a decade ago will be reunited on two songs. The PSU Jazz Vocal Ensemble under the direction of Sherry Alves will perform a segment of Hendricks songs expressly arranged for this program.

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$10

Richard Arnold & The Groove Swingers

Community Event

February 16 | 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wilfs Restaurant, 800 NW 6th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States

“Richard Arnold & the Groove Swingers”, led by Richard Arnold on lead vocals, and supported by an “all star” rhythm section featuring keyboards, upright bass, percussion and sax, will bring a touch of class and excitement to any and all of your clientele’s musical tastes! “Richard Arnold & The Groove Swingers” are able to perform various styles from Jazz to classic Standards, Swing, Blues and Motown to classic R & B. Richard Arnold’s rich and powerful bass and baritone vocals are reminiscent of such greats as Lou Rawls, Frank Sinatra, Billy Eckstein, Joe Williams, and Barry White, to name a few. This ensemble is perfect for an intimate adult audience or a lively dance oriented atmosphere. ….”In the cozy Summit View wine bar, patrons are…

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FREE

Annette Lowman Trio

Community Event

February 16 | 8:00 pm
SouthFork, 4605 NE Fremont St
Portland, OR 97213 United States
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$8

PDX Side Hustle

Not Exactly Jazz Series @ White Eagle Saloon

February 16 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
White Eagle Saloon, 836 N Russell St
Portland, OR 97227 United States
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$8

Delvon Lamar Organ Trio

Community Event

February 16 | 9:00 pm
The Jack London Revue, 529 SW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97204 United States

A Unique 60’s & 70’s Vintage Soul Trio With the Sounds of the Hammond B3 Mixed With Tasty Guitar Lines & Old School Style Pocket Drumming.

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$40

David Sánchez

Carib

February 16 | 10:00 pm
Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States

GRAMMY® award-winner David Sánchez is recognized around the world as one of the finest saxophonists of his generation. His mastery of the instrument is undeniable and his sound unmistakable. Combine that with Sánchez’s deep-seated knowledge of both Jazz and Latin music, and the traditions that mold them, and the results are extraordinary.

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$8

Euge Organ Trio

Not Exactly Jazz Series @ White Eagle Saloon

February 16 | 11:00 pm - February 17 | 1:30 am
White Eagle Saloon, 836 N Russell St
Portland, OR 97227 United States

The Euge Organ Trio is a groove oriented, soul-jazz group hailing out of Portland, Oregon. The group is sure to keep audiences both moving to the groove and eagerly anticipating whatever might come next out of their free-spirited improvisational approach.

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$20

Charnett Moffett

The Art Of Improvisation: Solo Bass Works

February 17 | 4:00 pm
Classic Pianos, 3003 SE Milwaukie Ave.
Portland, OR 97202 United States

Whether as the leader or in a supportive role, Charnett Moffett’s intense and energetic solos inspire audience ovations around the world.  Whether touring with his band or with his show-stopping solo bass project, Solo Bass Works, Charnett’s astounding virtuosity and heartfelt approach to performing have made him a favorite at jazz festivals worldwide.

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FREE

Mike Gamble

Solo Guitar

February 17 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Mark Spencer, 409 SW 11th Ave
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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$29 - $49

Luciana Souza & The Dave King Trio

(DOUBLE BILL)

February 17 | 7:00 pm
Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97214 United States

Grammy winner, Brazilian Jazz singer, and composer Luciana Souza returns to the stage with Word Strings, her new project on words and poetry, featuring guitarist Chico Pinheiro and bassist Scott Colley.

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FREE

Ben Graves & Nat Hulskamp

February 17 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aloft Portland Airport at Cascades Station, 9920 NE Cascades Pkwy
Portland, OR 97220 United States

The Brazilian Guitar Duo, Ben Graves, and Nat Hulskamp deliver a variety of styles from their experiences in jazz, flamenco, middle eastern and South American music. They perform sambas, choros, and bossa novas from legendary Brazilian composers such as Luis Bonfa, Djavan, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Milton Nacscimento and Ivan Lins.  Their performances are full of beautiful melodies, Brazilian rhythms and guitar interplay.

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$10

Devin Phillips & Friends

Community Event

February 17 | 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wilfs Restaurant, 800 NW 6th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States

The Jazz Society of Oregon presents their 2015 JSO Hall of Fame Concert honoring this year’s Hall of Fame inductee, Devin Phillips. Phillips musical talent is immense and he is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in his work. The Jazz Society of Oregon is proud to recognize Devin’s tremendous talent and his contributions to jazz education by honoring him as our 2015 Hall of Fame inductee. Even though he’s relatively young, and has decades of work ahead of him, the addition of Devin Phillips to the JSO Hall of Fame celebrates what he’s accomplished so far as well as the promise of accomplishments to come. The best saxophone in Portland. devinphillips.com Minimum purchase of $18 per person, food or beverage. Reserve your seat at…

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$25

Ben Allison & Think Free

February 17 | 8:00 pm
Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan Street
Portland, 97209

In a career that spans nearly 30 years, bassist/composer Ben Allison has developed his own instantly identifiable sound, solidifying an international reputation as one of the leading voices of his generation.

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$10

The Dynamic Ms. Faye Carol

Community Event

February 17 | 8:00 pm
The Jack London Revue, 529 SW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97204 United States

The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol, The Bay Area Queen of Jazz and Blues and her dynamite young pianist Joe Warner continually thrill and delight audiences with swingin’ sounds, luscious ballads, funky grooves and down home blues. After beginning her career with gospel music, Faye Carol made her name singing with Oakland blues and funk legend Johnny Talbot & De Thangs before founding her own trio and gaining infamy in San Francisco’s jazz, blues, and cabaret clubs of the 1970s and 80s. Now five years in the making, Faye Carol and Joe Warner are intergenerational collaborators rapidly become known as The Dynamic Duo. One of the Bay Area’s brightest young talents, Joe Warner spans the breadth of jazz and blues piano from Bud Powell to Erroll…

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FREE

Clay Gibseron & Bill Athens

February 17 | 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
The Benson at The Palm Court, 309 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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$8

Heavy Sugar w/ John Mazzocco, Alan Hagar, Carlton Jackson, Satellite Malone

Not Exactly Jazz Series @ White Eagle Saloon

February 17 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
White Eagle Saloon, 836 N Russell St
Portland, OR 97227 United States
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FREE

Bobby Torres

Community Event

February 17 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Bluehour, 250 NW 13th Ave
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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Lettuce

Produced by Soul'd Out Music Productions in partnership with PDX Jazz

February 17 | 9:15 pm
Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States

Lettuce: Produced by Soul’d Out Music Productions in partnership with PDX Jazz

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$45

Julian Lage Trio

February 17 | 10:00 pm
Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States

Julian Lage is an American guitarist, composer & arranger living in NYC. Often categorized as a jazz musician, his music is rooted in both traditional & acoustic forms. He was the subject of an Academy Award-nominated documentary “Jules at Eight”.

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$10

Skerik Band

Community Event

February 17 | 10:00 pm
The Goodfoot, 2845 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97215 United States

Sax-master, Skerik, returns with his crack band in tow for another scintillating goodfoot show. Skerik is a founding member of Critters Buggin, Garage a Trois (which has included Stanton Moore, Charlie Hunter, Mike Dillon and Marco Benevento), Crack Sabbath and The Dead Kenny G’s. He’s an original member of Les Claypool’s Fancy Band and Frog Brigade, Bobby Previte’s Ponga and Coalition of the Willing and Joe Doria’s McTuff. In the 1990s he was also a member of Tuatara (with Peter Buck) and Seattle-based Sadhappy. He has toured with Fred Wesley, Mike Clark and The Headhunters, Wayne Horvitz (Zony Mash), Mad Season and Roger Waters. He has performed with Pearl Jam, Bonnie Raitt, The Meters, Galactic, Dumpstaphunk, Johnny Vidacovich, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, and Ween. In…

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$15

Dmitri Matheny

Community Event

February 17 | 11:00 pm
The Jack London Revue, 529 SW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97204 United States

First introduced to jazz audiences in the 1990s as the protégé of Art Farmer, Matheny has matured into “one of the jazz world’s most talented horn players” (San Francisco Chronicle). The soulful sound of Dmitri’s horn garnered praise from critics and audiences alike, drawing frequent comparisons to Miles Davis, Chet Baker and–not surprisingly–to Art Farmer. Upon Farmer’s passing in 1999, Matheny acquired his mentor’s copper-bell flugelhorn. Today, Dmitri leads the Dmitri Matheny Group, “an all-star jazz band featuring some of the most accomplished musicians in the western United States” (All About Jazz). Matheny has toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. He has traveled to 19 countries and has performed with many Motown and popular music acts including the Temptations, Martha Reeves, Fabian,…

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$8

Midnight’s Children

Not Exactly Jazz Series @ White Eagle Saloon

February 17 | 11:30 pm - February 18 | 1:30 am
White Eagle Saloon, 836 N Russell St
Portland, OR 97227 United States

Midnight’s Children is a new funk/r&b/soul band hailing out of Portland, OR. They play a grooving mix of originals and covers spanning a variety of styles and generations.

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FREE

Mary Kadderly & Dan Gildea

Jazz Brunch!

February 18 | 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Nel Centro at The Hotel Modera, 1408 SW 6th Ave
Portland, OR 97201 United States
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$7 - $9

Bill Frisell: A Portrait with Bill Frisell In Person

Community Event

February 18 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97212 United States

Bill Frisell in attendance for Q+A with local film composer Mark Orton! A character portrait of anti-archetype guitar hero, Bill Frisell, this nuanced film traces the ideas and processes that shaped Frisell’s music and provides rare insight into the mind and personality of one of the significant musicians of recent decades. Full of live music, revealing stories, and intimate access to the normally reclusive Frisell, various collaborations are followed from development to fruition, including the last ever performance of the Paul Motian Trio with Frisell and Joe Lovano. Also featuring Bonnie Raitt, Hal Willner, Paul Simon, Nels Cline, Joey Baron, Jim Hall, Jason Moran, Mike Gibbs, John Zorn, Jack DeJohnette, Ron Carter and John Abercrombie. Presented by Sonic Cinema. Sponsored by Lagunitas, XRAY FM and…

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$20

Amina Figarova

Harlem Awakenings

February 18 | 2:00 pm
Classic Pianos, 3003 SE Milwaukie Ave.
Portland, OR 97202 United States

Amina Figarova was born in Baku, Azerbaijan, and as a child studied to be a classical concert pianist. In the late 1980s, she entered Rotterdam Conservatory to pursue jazz, coming to the United State in 1989 to complete her formal education at Boston’s Berklee College of Music.

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$25,35

Randy Porter Plays Cole Porter w/ Special Guests Nancy King & David Friesen Reunion Trio

February 18 | 4:00 pm
Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States

Jazz pianist Randy Porter has a refined understanding of improvisation and the spontaneous communication between musicians. As a Steinway Artist, Randy Porter draws from a rich palette of sonorities found within his imagination and the depths of the piano.

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